About Fortified Wines from USA

About Fortified Wines from USA
The United States is one of the most important players in the wine industry. On sheer numbers alone, the US is the fourth largest country in terms of total production; but it is the outstanding quality of wines from the US that is an additional part of its worldwide prestige. While the first wines produced in the colonies date back to the late 18th century, it has only been since the mid-1960s that the US has entered the premium wine market on a large scale. California, especially Napa Valley and Sonoma County were the areas that drove the new quality movement. Other areas in California also were home to great wines; soon Washington and Oregon were home to first-class wines as well. New York State, especially the Finger Lakes are was rediscovered for its Rieslings and soon wineries started opening in states such as Texas, Virginia and North Carolina. Today, 90% of domestic premium wine is produced in California and there are several wine types that share the spotlight; these include Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Pinot Noir from Sonoma's Russian River Valley as well as Santa Barbara County and Chardonnay from several regions, such as Monterey and Sonoma County. Bordeaux-styles reds from Washington State have received great acclaim as have Oregon Pinot Noirs. Today, the United States is in an enviable position of being one of the largest producers of wine as well as one of the most celebrated.

Top Picks for USA

Fortified Wines

Mount Pleasant Estates NV Tawny Port Library Volume XX Augusta, Missouri
95 points
$58
Medium steely amber color. Aromas of candied walnut, soy sauce, pecans, and brine with a fat body and a polished, layered, medium-long white peppercorn, marzipan, sesame oil, butterscotch, and burnt honey finish with no oak flavor. A sweet, savory and nutty Port-style Fortified Wine; well-balanced and perfect to elevate all kinds of dessert pairings.
Awards: 2021 Best Port-Style Wine
Pedroncelli 2014 Four Grapes Vintage Port Dry Creek Valley
91 points
$28
Black garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raisins, dried apricot, cinnamon-sugar, coffee candies, nutmeg, blood orange, star anise, and toffee with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a warming, layered, long finish. A bright and balanced Port-style wine that is sure to please the after-dinner crowd.
Jessie Creek 2019 Ruby Redhead Dessert Wine New Jersey
89 points
$25
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, dried apricots, creamy hazelnut spread, and brown sugar on oats with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long finish with notes of dark chocolate chips and cherry pie with moderate oak flavor. An easy-drinking and silky fortified wine with ripe berry flavors.
Quady NV Starboard Batch 88 Madera County
89 points
$25
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of saddle leather, floral spiced berries, orange agave marmalade, and peanut and pumpkin seed brittle with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, engaging, medium-long finish with notes of crystallized ginger, sassafras, cherry cola, and pink pepper. A vibrant young fortified wine that will be very versatile; try on ice cream or in cocktails.
Mount Pleasant Winery 2008 10 Year Old Port Meunch
89 points
$90
Golden amber color. Aromas of brown sugar, blended rum, candied orange, spice cake, and crystalized ginger with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long salted nuts, caramel-covered bananas, apricot pastry, and spiced pineapple finish. An after-dinner wine for rum lovers; a distinctive and delicious treat.
Shenandoah Vineyards 2018 Black Muscat Fortified Muscat
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Dusty light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of baked peach, raspberry glaze, sugared melon, pasteis de nata, honey, and orange blossom with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length finish that presents suggestions of orange peel and caramel with light oak flavor. A fragrant, outgoing Fortified wine that will be a dream with sweet almond desserts.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Bellview Winery NV Batch No. 3 Port Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$28
Dark brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of fresh brownies, creme brulee, rum-raisin cake, and chocolate-mint cookies with a round, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish evoking notes of candied ginger and orange peel and soy glazed-nuts with light oak flavor. A rich, chocolatey Domestic Port-Style Wine that will pair effortlessly with blue cheese and creamy desserts.
Isaac Smith NV Red Domestic Port-Style Wine New Jersey
88 points
$29
Dark brown brick red color. Aromas of chocolate wafer cookies, plum pudding, dried figs, and molasses with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length raisins and lemon cheesecake finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, vibrant Port-Style wine with notes of chocolate and candied citrus.
Quady 2018 Essensia Fortified Muscat
87 points
$24
Brilliant light amber color. Savory, fruity aromas and flavors of preserved peaches, pineapple herb shrub, salted caramel, saffron, and white tea with a silky, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, breezy finish manifesting elements of apricot cobbler, black strap molasses cookie, floral iced tea with honey, and hint of smoked nuts. A nice, not-too-sweet dessert wine that with its bright acidity, layered flavors, and chewy fruit tannins will pair nicely.
Stone Hill NV Cream Sherry Hermann
87 points
$28
Amber color. Aromas of salted nuts, toffee, singed orange peel, dried figs, licorice, and dark chocolate with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, long honey-roasted nuts and hints of wild strawberry finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A satisfying, salty-sweet Sherry-style wine that surprises and delights.